Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice, 4th Edition

Contributor: Peggy Chinn
October 16, 2018

Authors –  Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN and Marilyn E. Parker, PhD, RN, FAAN

Year Published – 2015
Major Concepts
  • Offers in-depth coverage of the development of the theories that guide nursing practice.
  • Features chapters written by the original theorists, scholars, and nurses experienced in use of the theory in their practice.
    Presents 25 major theories, including…

    • Meleis’s Transition Theory
    • Troutman-Jordan’s Theory of Successful Aging
    • Barrett’s Theory of Power as Knowing Participation in Change
    • Caring Theories by Madeleine M. Leininger, Jean Watson, Anne Boykin and Savina O. Schoenhofer.
  • Emphasizes the relevance of theory to practice with additional content online focused on the application of theory to research.
  • Addresses how to implement theory-based practice.
  • Includes a list of references for each theory in the book, complemented by comprehensive lists online.
Brief Description

The only nursing research and theory book with primary works by the original theorists! Noted nursing scholars explore the historical and contemporary theories that are the foundation of nursing practice today. The 4th Edition of this popular book meets the needs of today’s students with an expanded focus on the middle range theories and practice models that link theory to clinical practice. You’ll explore their role in the real-world and learn how they are used to research and test the interventions with the best outcomes.

Book Editions

Smith, M. C., & Parker, M. E. (2015). Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Parker, M. E., & Smith, M. C. (2010). Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (3rd Edition.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.


Marlaine Smith

Dr. Smith has been Dean and Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar at Florida AtlanticMarlaine SMITH University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing since 2011.  Her contributions to nursing can be clustered in two areas: developing knowledge related to processes and outcomes of healing, specifically touch therapies, and analyzing, extending and applying nursing theories.  Besides this text, she has co-edited two others: Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice and Caring Classics in Nursing.  Dr. Smith is passionate about developing the discipline of nursing, unitary and caring sciences, and creating a health care system that is equitable, just, humanistic and relationship-centered.

Marilyn E. Parker 

Dr. Parker is Professor Emerita, Florida Atlantic University. She earned her PhD from Kansas State University (1982) – Manhattan, KS; her MSN from The Catholic University of America (1968) – Washington, DC; and her BSN from Incarnate Word College (1965) – San Antonio, TX. Her career mission has been to enhance nursing practice, education and scholarship through nursing theory, using both innovative and traditional means to improve care and advance the discipline. She has been Principal Investigator for a program of grants and contracts to create and use a distinctive Community Nursing Practice Model. With colleagues, she developed transdisciplinary School-based Community Wellness Centers devoted to health and social services for children and families from underserved multicultural communities, teaching university students from several disciplines, and developing research and policy to promote community well-being. As part of this work, she is the founding director of an academic center, the Quantum Foundation Center for Innovation in School and Community Well Being. She has been involved in teaching and consultation in Finland, England and Mexico, and has also been active in nursing education, research and practice with universities in the Philippines, Uganda, Hong Kong and Japan. (from